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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB016 (1999)

ARLB016 Low-frequency Experimental license issued

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ARRL Bulletin 16  ARLB016
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 12, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB016 Low-frequency Experimental license issued

The FCC has granted a one-year experimental license to the Amateur
Radio Research and Development Corporation--AMRAD--to conduct tests
on 136.75 kHz. Experiments would be carried out from 12 Northern
Virginia sites using the call sign WA2XTF to gain low-frequency
experience in anticipation that the FCC may allocate an amateur band
at 136 kHz.

Emissions authorized for these tests include 173-Hz and 450-Hz
bandwidth frequency-shift data and 100-Hz bandwidth CW. The
authorized transmitted power is 1 W ERP. The 12 stations will
operate experimental transmitters, antennas and receiving systems
using digital signal processing techniques.

Participating in the experimental operation are Glenn Baumgartner,
KA0ESA; David Borden, K8MMO; Robert Bruhns, WA3WDR; Hal Feinstein,
WB3KDU; Terry Fox, WB4JFI; Andre Kesteloot, N4ICK; George Lemaster,
WB5OYP; Shannon Mishey, N8TBM; Paul Rinaldo, W4RI; David Rogers,
K9RKH; Elton Sanders, WB5MMB; and John Seely, AA4GM. Rinaldo is the
ARRL's technical relations manager.

While the list of stations is closed and new transmitting stations
cannot be added, others are invited to join the project by listening
and reporting results. Reception reports should be sent via e-mail
to Andre Kesteloot, N4ICK,

Last October, the ARRL petitioned the FCC to create two amateur LF
allocations at 135.7-137.8 kHz and 160-190 kHz. Several countries
throughout the world already enjoy LF allocations around 136 kHz.
These include New Zealand, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland,
and several European nations.

Further information concerning these LF experiments will be
available on the AMRAD Web site,


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